Parent Involvement

Posted Sep. 24, 2018

If You Want to Keep Kids in Your School, Parents Need to Buy What You’re Selling

No matter the school, the goal is to ensure students know and feel that they are welcomed, valued and that the staff appreciates students attending…

By Brandon Gleaton

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Posted Sep. 19, 2018

I Finally Found a School That Believes in My Sons, So Why Won’t Connecticut Fund More Schools Like It?

As a mom of five young men of color in Connecticut, I too often feel like society has set a ceiling for what my sons…

By Samaris Rose-Smith

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Posted Sep. 14, 2018

Here’s What Hurricane Florence Is Teaching My Kids

The other day I found myself, just like all the other teachers in my school, leading a monthly character lesson. This one happened to be…

By Justin Parmenter

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Posted Sep. 12, 2018

Coffee Break: Tim Daly on How EdNavigator Helps Parents Make School Choice Work

Three years ago, Tim Daly and two colleagues left TNTP (The New Teacher Project) and launched a new effort called EdNavigator. The organization aims to…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Aug. 22, 2018

These School Supply Lists Can Drive a Girl Crazy

Oh joy, the school supply lists arrived by email this week. Of course, as many of you know, this is only the first round of…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Aug. 13, 2018

This School Year, Let’s Show What Happens When Parents and Teachers Work as a Team

A parent is a child’s first teacher. It is through a parent’s teaching that children first learn to speak and say “Mama” and “Dada.” It…

By Monica Lewis

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Posted Aug. 9, 2018

Here’s How Daniel Anello and Kids First Chicago Put Families in the Position to Succeed

In all my years of working to bring better school choices to families on Chicago’s South and West Sides, it’s always blown my mind that…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Aug. 6, 2018

4 Things Every Parent Needs to Prepare Their Kids for School This Year

Summer is winding down across the country and many have already returned school, or the beginning of the school year is right around the corner.…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted July 20, 2018

How My Son’s School Helped Him Get a Full Scholarship to College | Como la Escuela de mi Hijo lo Ayudo a Recibir una Beca Completa a la Universidad

I met my husband in Puerto Rico in 1980. We married young and we moved to Boston to live with his family. After a number…

By Diana Negron

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Posted July 18, 2018

Coffee Break: Oakland’s Lakisha Young Is Done Waiting for Superman and Ready for Parents to Take the Lead

Lakisha Young is executive director of The Oakland REACH. She has dedicated her career to promoting access to quality schools because she knows firsthand that…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Sep. 17, 2018

My Parents Didn’t Make It Past the Third Grade. I’m Working to Change That for Families in San Antonio.

My personal story begins with my family. I was born the youngest of seven children to a migrant farming family. My parents’ education did not…

By Arnold Hernandez

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Posted Sep. 17, 2018

There Are Charter Schools Run By the Community and For the Community

Three decades since the passage of the first charter school law, this movement of extreme promise has fallen out of favor with many of its…

By Steven Zimmerman

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Posted Sep. 18, 2018

Donors Choose, Except When They Can’t

DonorsChoose.org, an organization that allows teachers to request classroom supplies and experiences for their students, is guilty of discriminating against parochial and private schools. At…

By Erika Sanzi

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